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Probe into death at immigration detention centre

Probe into death at immigration detention centre

An investigation has been launched into the death of a 43-year-old man in an immigration removal centre on 9 April. The 43-year-old man, who has not yet been named, was being held at the Verne immigration removal centre in Portland, Dorset.

A Home Office spokesperson confirmed that: “A full independent investigation will be conducted by the prisons and probation ombudsman.”

Emma Ginn, coordinator of Medical Justice, the charity that works to improve the health of immigration detainees, said:

“The death toll since 2000 of those who died in immigration detention or shortly after release now stands at 40.

“Year after year, investigations of deaths in immigration detention reveal ongoing systemic healthcare failings. We fear that as long as these failings continue to go unaddressed there will be more deaths. We call for urgent action.”

Thomas Kirungi, a 30-year-old detainee from Uganda who had been refused asylum in the UK and was awaiting deportation, died at the Verne in August 2015.

 

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